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Hitler a Hero on Palestinian Authority Radio

A Palestinian Authority radio contest featured a laudatory biography of Adolf Hitler.

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1. Hitler a Hero on Palestinian Authority Radio

by Ezra HaLevi

A Palestinian Authority radio contest featured a laudatory biography of Adolf Hitler replete with his military victories, heroism and no mention of the Holocaust.

“His golden year was 1940, when his armies invaded Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, Holland, and Belgium and defeated France…By mid 1942, his country controlled the largest land area in Europe…He refused to surrender and continued to fight for two more years, but, his bitter end came in the spring of 1945 when he took his own life…Who is he?” was the question broadcast as a Voice of Palestine radio contest on November 27.

The question was part of the official Palestinian Authority-run radio’s Ramadan quiz – rebroadcast this past week, and documented by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).

The broadcast presents Hitler heroically, detailing his two Medals of Honor in World War I, his rise to power, his launching of World War II and specifies country after country that he conquered.

“Not surprisingly, though citing his victories and ‘bitter’ fall in great detail, the Holocaust is not mentioned,” the latest PMW report states. “This is consistent with Palestinian education in general which erases the Holocaust from history.” A recent PMW report on the new 12th grade PA history schoolbook showed that many pages were dedicated to the history of World War II and even to Nazi racism, but neither Jews nor the Holocaust were mentioned.

According to the PMW report, “[I]t is important to understand that the revulsion of Hitler expected in the West is not true in Palestinian society. Palestinians can be found who are named “Hitler” as a first name: Hitler Salah [Al Hayat Al Jadida (Fatah), Sept. 28, 2005], Hitler Abu-Alrab [Al Hayat Al Jadida (Fatah), Jan. 27, 2005], Hitler Mahmud Abu-Libda [Al Hayat Al Jadida (Fatah), Dec.18, 2000.] Articles have appeared in both Fatah and Hamas newspapers which demonstrate Hitler’s admired status.”

The Voice of Palestine contest offered a prize of 600 shekels to the person who guessed Hitler’s name.

Long History of PA Adulation of Hitler
Admiration of Hitler in PA newspapers is nothing new. A PA newspaper which proudly listed the ways in which different foreign leaders singled out the Arabs of Israel as examples of ideal revolutionaries proudly began the article with a quote from Adolf Hitler:

“Adolf Hitler, while exciting the Germans of the Sudetenland – the Sudetenland is a German province that the Allies had annexed to Czechoslovakia after the First World War – told them in his broadcasts: Look at what the Palestinian revolutionaries are doing to Great Britain!!”
[Al-Rissala (Hamas Weekly), May 18, 2006]

The phenomenon of PA Arabs being named after Hitler was explained in an article in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah) on April 13, 2000:

“Even Adolf Hitler, who after the fall of Nazi Germany turned into a political horror for most of the writers and artists, during the last decades has started to return himself to his part of the picture. There are some in Britain who defended Hitler and tried to do justice for him. There are elderly people, among them Arabs, who still carry the name Hitler since their fathers, who were charmed by him, linked them [their children] with his name.”

The admiration for Hitler is consistent with the status of Mein Kampf, which a PA daily cited as a best-seller in PA-controlled areas [Al Hayat Al Jadida (Fatah), Sept. 2, 1999].

Historic Nazi Ties
The Hitler – Arab alliance during World War II is a factor in the continued admiration for Hitler apparent in PA society. Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Arab leader in pre-state Israel under the British Mandate, was a staunch ally of Hitler. The meetings between the Mufti and Hitler are well documented.

“Those Were the Days”
The PMW report closes with the translation of an interview from a PA daily of Sheikh Ali Hussein Abu-Ibrahim, a Palestinian resident of Lebanon who claims he is 116 years old and describing his professed friendship with Hitler, as well as his pride in fighting for the Nazi leader. “Whereas this is a personal account whose historical accuracy is not important, what is significant is the positive, even proud attitude about his friendship with Hitler, that is being expressed so routinely,” the report states:

“Question: What are the important events in your life that left the biggest impression?”

“Answer: The first was the Hitler event. I met him in Jerusalem in one of the Turkish Army camps, and the friendship between us was very tight. At the time, I was a sergeant while Hitler was a simple private. The relationship between us tightened even more once Turkey entered the war together with Germany. The second event was when I participated [with the Nazi army] in entering France and conquering it. I was in charge of the cannon that shelled Paris, which had an active influence on the fall of the French capital and its conquest without any notable resistance. Hitler congratulated me on this shelling and its consequences… As an artillery officer, I took part in many operations against the English and France, until the end of the Second World-War …” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah), May 12, 2003.]

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2. Discovered: Large 2nd-Temple House Adjacent to Temple Mount

by Hillel Fendel

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced Wednesday afternoon the discovery of a large-sized house from the Second Temple Period several dozen meters south of the Temple Mount. The remains were excavated in the well-known Givati Parking Lot, just outside the entrance to the Western Wall.

A map of ancient Jerusalem. The house was found south of the Temple Mount, which is outlined in purple.

Writings of the Jewish-Roman historian Josephus Flavius (Joseph son of Matityahu) indicate that the uncovered building may well have belonged to the family of Queen Helene, who converted to Judaism in the 1st Century BCE. However, excavation chief Dr. Doron Ben-Ami said that this may or may not be true, “and we can only hope that we will discover more findings that will help us identify this building with certainty.”

The excavations are just outside the Old City’s walls. Temple Mount is in background of picture.

The find includes massive foundations, walls whose remains soar five meters high in some places, two-story-tall halls, a basement, ritual baths (mikvaot), remains of colored frescoes, and more. The archaeologists say they can see, in the narrow openings discovered in the basement level, evidence of the drama that transpired in the structure prior to its destruction by the Romans. It appears that the inhabitants attempted to flee through the openings. Attempts were also made to destroy the structure at the time.

The large edifice was overlain with remains dating to later periods: Byzantine, Roman and Early Islamic, while below it there are remains from the Early Hellenistic period, and even artifacts from the time of the First Temple.

The dig is being carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority together with the Nature and Parks Authority and the Ir David (City of David) Foundation.

Ancient Israeli coins found at the site. The coins have ancient Hebrew writing and depict leaves and vessels.

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3. Judea and Samaria: IDF Rounding Up Jews’ Weapons

by Gil Ronen

The IDF is conducting a large scale operation to confiscate weapons from the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria, according to Channel 10 TV. The purpose of the operation is described as “putting the settlers’ gun permits in order.”

The security coordinators of the communities in Samaria have been summoned to a meeting with IDF officers Thursday, and community leaders are convinced that the IDF intends to collect many of the weapons in the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

Hillel Reinus of Yitzhar said: “I have no idea who is giving the order, it seems to be coming from up high, but they’ve decided to take the weapons away from everyone.” Another resident of the community, Yigal Amitai, added, “They are abandoning citizens, it is an irresponsibile act, but everything pales compared to reality.”

‘This amounts to making the settlers fair game’
MK Aryeh Eldad (NU/NRP) wrote a letter to Defense Minister Ehud Barak following the report, saying, “Army representatives have recently informed the military security coordinators that they intend to collect most of the weapons which the residents of Judea and Samaria use for self-defense. When a move such as this is made along with
“I have no idea who is giving the order, but they’ve decided to take the weapons away from everybody.”
the release of hundreds of terrorists, the deployment of Palestinian policemen in Shechem (three of whom were involved in the murder of Ido Zoldan) and the arming of these policemen with weapons, ammunition and armored personnel carriers, this amounts to making the settlers fair game and sending the terror organizations a clear message that they may murder Jews.”

“When all this is done against the backdrop of your announcement that you are joining the ‘expulsion/compensation’ plan, this amounts to blackmail. You are trying to encourage Jews to run away from Judea and Samaria, and in order to prod them along you are taking away their weapons and urging terrorists to attack them,” he wrote.

“With this letter,” Eldad concluded, “I wish to inform you that the settlers of Judea and Samaria will hold you personally responsible for any casualties among the Jews in Judea and Samaria from now on, unless you immediately put an end to the process of collecting the settlers’ weapons.”

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4. Social Protest in Sderot Interrupted by Kassam

by Hillel Fendel

A Kassam rocket slammed into an apartment in Sderot Wednesday night, precisely as a joint Chanukah celebration and social protest was underway downtown. Four people, including the two elderly residents of the apartment, were treated for shock. Heavy damage was caused to the building.

The Kassam was the fourth of the day; three others were fired from Gaza at Israel earlier – two towards Sderot, and one that exploded south of Ashkelon. No other damage or injuries were caused. Over 2,000 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel this year, according to IDF statistics.

IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi said this week that the army is ready for a full-scale military offensive into Gaza to remove the missile threat, but is awaiting orders from the government.

A social protest was underway in downtown at the time the fourth rocket hit, and the Color Red early-warning alarm sounded just as Teachers Union Chairman Ran Erez was in the midst of speaking. As he was lamenting the fact that many classes in the country have as many as 40 or more children, the Color Red announcement was heard by some in the audience, who quickly passed the word around. People scrambled for cover, in accordance with the frequent practice they have received over the years.

The protest featured several social action groups, including reserve soldiers, teachers, the handicapped, and others, who banded together to make their voices heard. They chose to hold their protest not in Tel Aviv, but in Sderot – the city that symbolizes for them the refusal of the government and political leadership to attend to the citizens’ needs.

“We are starting something new here today,” Ilan Cohen told Arutz-7’s TV news department. Cohen is a social activist who initiated the protest event. “Until now everyone held separate protests, which were very nice, but nothing happened as a result. This is the first time that we are going out all together, and the hope is that the people will wake up and realize that since they can’t depend on the government, it’s up to them – and I don’t mean via talkbacks over the internet, but rather by coming out physically to make their voices heard.”

Momo Alnekaveh, the wheelchair-bound Chairman of the Association for the Handicapped, said, “If our politicians were real social leaders, they would be with us here today. But they seem to have no interest in coming where there are no cocktails and the like.” He was disappointed to see that both Sderot City Hall and shelters had no easy access for the handicapped. “They told us to run to the City Hall or to a nearby shelter if a Color Red alarm is sounded, but how are we supposed to get in?” he asked.

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5. Olmert Compares IDF to Maccabees of Yore

by Hillel Fendel

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, visiting an IDF base in Samaria for the first night of the Chanukah holiday, gave the soldiers an upbeat message. “I know you will carry out your mission to protect Israel with the same dedication and courage that the Maccabees had many years ago,” Olmert said. “The strength and self-sacrifice that the Maccabees had then is your strength today. Be strong and watch over us.”

Gaza to be Attacked?
Though the soldiers may be prepared, the government has yet to give the orders to crush terrorist infrastructures in Gaza. Defense Minister Ehud Barak has said several times of late that the time is nearing for a large-scale offensive in Gaza – but that the time has not yet come. IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, speaking with Army Radio on Wednesday, said, “The IDF is ready for a ground operation [i.e., an invasion] in Gaza, if we are called upon. Until we are so ordered, we must find other ways to operate day and night to bring security to the citizens of Israel.”

Cabinet Minister Ami Ayalon, a political rival of his fellow Labor Party member Defense Minister Barak, criticized him for repeatedly talking about Israel’s readiness to attack. “If you’re going to shoot, then shoot, don’t talk,” Ayalon said, paraphrasing a popular movie line. “A threat is good if you can carry it out. But to repeat a threat over and over sounds weak.”

Release Drops Motivation
In light of this week’s release of 429 Palestinian terrorists as a goodwill gesture to Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas – the third and largest such release in less than five months – some soldiers in the IDF are saying they’re less motivated to arrest terrorists. Officers in the Givati Brigade, stationed in the Shechem region, told their commanding officers on Tuesday that it is hard for them, ethically and otherwise, to work so hard and endanger themselves to arrest terrorists merely to see them freed shortly afterwards.

“It’s not a political or ideological issue,” Givati sources were quoted as saying, “but simply that they feel stupid working so hard to make the arrests, only to find that their prisoners will soon be released.”

Kassams and Rocks
Four Kassam rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel Wednesday – two towards Sderot, one that exploded between Gaza and Ashkelon, and a fourth one that caused heavy damage and light injuries; see separate story.

At least six cases of Arab stonings of Israeli vehicles in Yesha (Judea and Samaria) have occurred over the past two days. Cars were stoned near Ariel, Maaleh Amos, Carmei Tuzr, Otzrin, and Shilo, and a bus was hit between Hevron and Kiryat Arba. Some arrests have been made.

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6. MKs Propose: No More Automatic Protection for Cabinet Ministers

by Hillel Fendel

Likud MK and Labor MK team up to propose a bill that will provide protection for seven national leaders – and others only on an as-need basis.

Likud Knesset faction chairman MK Gideon Saar and Labor MK Shelly Yechimovich submitted the bill today (Wednesday) to amend the existing General Security Service (GSS) bill. The new legislation stipulates that only the seven “national leadership symbols” would be eligible for full-time protection by the GSS (Shabak). The seven are the President, Prime Minister, Supreme Court Chief Justice, Knesset Speaker, Defense Minister, Foreign Minister, and Opposition Leader.

At present, every Cabinet minister is accompanied by a GSS agent or two – at a total cost of some 100 million shekels each year. The new bill stipulates that they would be protected only when necessary based on concrete threats, as determined by periodic security assessments.

“The situation at present,” Yechimovich said, “is that security guards are a status symbol; the extent of protection that is provided is not justified.”

Rabin and Ze’evi
Shabak protection has failed to save the last two government officials who were shot at: Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin in 1995, and Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze’evi in 2001, who was murdered in a Jerusalem hotel. Ze’evi, who told his wife shortly before he was murdered that an Arab man in the hotel dining room had been constantly and suspiciously looking at him, specifically objected to having bodyguards around. Despite this, the GSS took full responsibility for failing to prevent his assassination.

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7. Keeping Chanukah Happy, Clean and Healthy

by Sarah Morrison

The traditions of Chanukah are not as healthy for the waistline as they are for the spirit. One of the most common traditions of the holiday is to eat foods fried in oil to commemorate the miracle that took place on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev two thousand years ago. The Greeks had ruled over the Jews for many years, not letting them observe their religious practices or study the Torah. The Greeks had even gone as far as to defile the Holy Temple, pillaging it and destroying everything inside.

After a Jewish rebellion led by the Maccabees defeated the Greek rulers, the Jews went back to re-dedicate the Temple but only found one whole jug of oil with the High Priest’s seal needed to light the holy Menorah [seven-branched candelabrum]. The one jug of oil lasted eight days, just long enough to produce more holy oil with which to keep the Menorah lit.

The two most common foods eaten on Chanukah to remember the miracle of the holiday are a dieter’s worst nightmare: latkes – potato pancakes fried in oil, and sufganiyot – jelly filled doughnuts.

“Many people are surprised to learn that when oil is this hot [around 180 C or 350 F], the food doesn’t absorb much oil,” says Howard McGee, author of “On Food and Cooking.” “This is partly because oil and water don’t mix well, and most foods are about 80 percent water. When the surface of the food gets up to the temperature of the oil, which happens quickly, the surface starts boiling off its water, and that means the surface begins to dry out, which is the crust.”

However, when latkes and sufganiyot cool, the oil begins to settle into the food. Food begins to absorb oil immediately, including oil left of the surface, because “the water vapor inside the food begins to contract and sucks oil into nooks and crannies,” McGee says. Blotting the food after frying it is the best way to prevent this absorption.

Keeping the oil at the proper temperature will also minimize or even eliminate oil absorption in the food. The staff at Cooks Illustrated magazine conducted an experiment several years ago to determine how much oil was absorbed by food during frying. Rebecca Hays, managing editor of the magazine, says that “there was exactly as much oil in the pan after frying as before.” Each experiment afterwards showed the same results to the shock of the staff.

Liza Schoenfein, editor of Jewish Living magazine, says that people forget that Chanukah is not about the deep-frying, but about the oil itself. “The tradition of incorporating oil into the meal can be made modern by drizzling a flavorful, beautiful olive oil onto steamed vegetables or fish,” Schoenfein suggests.

However, if one wants to enjoy Chanukah without deep-frying their food, there are alternatives out there.

Elaine Magee, author of the cookbook “Fry Right, Fry Light,” says that potato latkes can be made with a light amount of oil in a non-stick skillet instead of being deep-fried in a pot. She also says that latkes can be browned, then baked. In addition, latkes can be baked in the oven, but finished under the broiler to add color and crisp to the traditional Chanukah treat.

It is important not only to keep your arteries clean on Chanukah but also to keep the menorah [nine-branched candelabrum] clean from the wax of melting candles. The menorah [chanukiya in Hebrew], which also serves as the national symbol of Israel, is crucial to the Chanukah holiday. Olive oil or candles are lit in it each night of Chanukah, increasing the amount of candles as each day passes. These candles represent the miracle of the oil lasting eight days during the Temple times.

For glass holders in menorahs, a small amount of water in the bottom of the candle holders prior to placing the candle inside keeps the melted wax from sticking. Rubbing a thin coat of olive oil before placing the candles inside also has the same effect. If the wax is already on the glass, there are two options. It can be placed in a plastic container of warm water to loosen the wax, or it can be placed in the freezer for several hours and the wax can be pried off with a spoon or butter knife. After either method, wash the menorah in hot, soapy water to remove any residue.

A silver menorah also can be placed in the freezer for several hours. Scrape away the wax with a plastic spatula until no more wax can be removed. Wash the menorah in hot, soapy water, rinse in hot water, and wipe dry.

For any other material (some popular ones are brass and marble), place the menorah in the freezer for several hours to harden the wax. Afterwards, remove the wax with a butter knife, spoon, or credit card wrapped in a soft cloth to avoid scratching the surface.

Besides keeping bodies and menorahs clean and healthy during the holiday, Chanukah can help mental health as well.

At most rehabilitation clinics, menorahs cannot be lit at Chanukah time. However, in Wernersville, Pa., the Caron Treatment Center allows the ritual to be performed as part of the road to recovery for addicts.

Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yosef Lipsker has a strong connection to the rehabilitation clinic and to the patients there. He and his wife Chani frequently have Friday night dinners there to help the patients, Jewish and not-Jewish alike. With the addition of lighting the menorah, Rabbi Lipsker is bringing the Chanukah light “to Jewish men and women facing their darkest days.”

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